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The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism Hardcover – October 6, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fatah (Chasing a Mirage) describes the tensions between followers of Islam and of Judaism, attributing the lack of understanding and compassion between these groups to the scriptures they study and propaganda spread by radicals. Fatah explains that from a young age Muslim children are taught to pray for the downfall of other religions, especially Judaism, and though "most of us ignore it as nothing more than the rhetoric of the screaming cleric," lingering suspicion about Jews remains "for our entire lives, even if we never meet one." He also examines beliefs that many Pakistani Muslim's voice, such as blaming Israel for the Bird Flu, and the fact that in order to be considered an intellectual or a faithful Muslim, one is expected to wholeheartedly embrace these rumors as fact; to speak out against propaganda is slanderous and those who doubt the teachings of religious leaders are dehumanized. Pakistani textbooks and TV shows support these rumors as facts, widely disseminating anti-Semitism daily. In spite of all this, Fatah offers examples of Muslims supporting, befriending, or even saving Jewish people, demonstrating the importance of tolerance and understanding in a world full of opposing beliefs and ideologies. (Oct.)
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Most stringent Muslim critiques of Islam are written by scholars for scholars. Journalist Fatah knows that scholarship but writes for general readers—moreover, on an aspect of Islam rarely publicly discussed in the West. Genocidal hatred of the Jews is endemic among Muslims. But, Fatah argues, it is fueled by a biography of Muhammad composed long after his death, and is a relatively recent development. After limning the 2008 Chabad House massacre in Mumbai and noting Christian anti-Semitism’s influence on Muslims, Fatah turns to the early-twentieth-century mufti of Palestine’s alliance with Hitler; Israel’s ill-advised aid to Hamas to check Arafat’s PLO; and anti-Semitism in the hadith, or sayings of Muhammad, and, finally, in two spellbinding chapters looks at the prophet-directed massacre of a whole Jewish tribe that had stayed out of the 627 Battle of the Trench—according to the biography. That incident probably never happened and, with the vicious hadith, thoroughly contradicts the true text of the Qur’an. This strikes a strong blow for Muslim-Jewish rapprochement, reconciliation, and loving fellowship. --Ray Olson

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Tarek Fatah was born in Pakistan (1949) where he lived until 1978, twice jailed in 1968 and 1970 for his role in the pro-democracy movements to replace military dictatorships. After a third military coup in 1977, Fatah was charged with sedition and fired from his job as a reporter in the state television network, PTV.

From 1978 to 1987, Fatah worked in Saudi Arabia in advertising and marketing before moving with his family to Canada where he has been active against the rise of Islamic movements that he fled in his native Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He writes a weekly column in the Toronto SUN and hosts a Sunday afternoon show on Toronto's NewsTalk1010 Radio network.

Fatah is author of two award-winning books:
Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State (2008) John Wiley & Sons
The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism (2010) McClelland & Stewart

For his activism in the community, Tarek Fatah is a recipient of both the Queen's Golden Jubilee as well as the Diamond Jubilee Medals.

In February 2007, Fatah was included by Maclean's magazine on a list of 50 Canadians described as "Canada's most well known and respected personalities." The same year, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom awarded Tarek Fatah with their annual award for making a "significant contributions to the cause" of press freedom.

In December 2008, Canada's largest circulating newspaper, the Toronto Star, suggested to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he appoint Fatah to one of the vacant seats in the Canadian Senate. Toronto Star's senior editor Bob Hepburn wrote this about Fatah: "A prominent spokesperson for secular and progressive Muslim issues who would bring a much-needed unique perspective to the Senate."

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. King on June 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Muslim reformer Tarek Fatah tackles the issues of antisemitism within Islam - its origins and the mechanisms that sustain it. He's a modern secular Indo-Pakistani immigrant Canadian Muslim journalist of Hindu ancestry - a man of many pasts. The book begins with a 2006 trip to his native Pakistan where in a land of no Jews he found widespread examples of antisemitic prejudice. Jews were accused of causing both the 2004 tsunami and the "Bird Flu" epidemic. A shopkeeper hands him a copy of "The Protocols of the Elders of Ziyon", assuring him that it's true. (pp 18). Peshawar millionaires with retinues of servants complain how Muslims are marginalized by Jews, Israel and the United States then asked how they could get a green card for their sons so that the family could migrate to the US. Then in 2008 Punjabi villagers make special pains to target the Jewish Chabad centre in Mumbai, their controller advising them that killing one Jew is worth more than killing 50 people.

Of course we know the problem is much broader and the author supplies related examples throughout the Muslim Ummah. Even the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Matathir bin Mohamad, a man Fatah has admired, subscribed to the belief that it was the "Jewish Lobby" that was behind the war in Afghanistan, and that Jews had to be contained in ghettos and periodically massacred in Europe to contain their influence.

Fatah traces multiple causes of this poisonous dysfunction. Chapters 3 & 2 provide a thorough albeit out of sequence background on Palestinian/Arab powerbroker Hajj Amin al-Hussayni and those he influenced both during and after the war including Veli Kayum Khan and Sayd Qutb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AussieSunny on September 28, 2013
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A very informative read. Highly recommend it! Please make it available in Audible as well. Can't wait for Tarek's next book about Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boris Abramovich on September 27, 2013
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Balanced and interesting analysis of the Muslim - Jews relationship. The cover art is could be improved. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. on January 5, 2014
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Tarek Fatah presents an unbiased view of the situation in Israel/Palestine and debunks many myths. It is extremely well written and holds the reader's attention the entire time. Much history which all of us need to know to dispell prejudices on both sides.
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